An elephant ran over a 71-year-old South African tourist in a US national park. ZimbabweHe said on Thursday (14) the country’s park management agency. It’s the second such attack in days – there was another attack in another park recently.
The man’s son was present and saw his father killed.
Below is a video from 2019 that shows an elephant chasing a car with tourists in South Africa.
Elephant chasing tourists on safari in South Africa
Tinashe Farao, a spokeswoman for the Zimbabwe Zoo and Wildlife Watchdog, said an elephant without ivory tusks hit them while they were walking through the park.
The accident took place in the Mana Pools Park, located on the floodplain of the Zambezi River. It is an area with swamps and many animals.
The victim is Michael Bernard Walsh, a Cape Town veterinarian. He knew the park well: he had been visiting the site nearly every year for 35 years.
He and his son were 40 meters from their car when Alia attacked them. Walsh, 71, was unable to get to the car in time.
Increasing numbers of elephants
The spokesman said there was concern that this was the second victim in a week: The coordinator of the anti-poaching group was trampled to death by an elephant near Victoria Falls, also in Zimbabwe. That other victim was Clever Capandora. He was in the field investigating whether there had been illegal killings of elephants. An elephant ran up to him and took him and killed him.
In recent years, there has been an increase in cases of conflict between animals and humans. Farao said more than 40 people died in this way in parks in Zimbabwe or in rural areas of the country in 2021 alone.
At this time of year, the weather in Mana Pools park is hot and humid, and food and water sources are less for the animals.
Therefore, part of the animals venture to go to places where there are communities of people.
There are an estimated 85,000 elephants in Zimbabwe. Botswana, one of the neighboring countries, has about 130,000 elephants. They are the two largest groups of animals in the world.
The governments of the two countries have already stated that they are struggling with the growing number of elephants and are applying political pressure to be able to sell ivory captured from poachers. They claim that the money will go to protected areas.
Other countries, especially Kenya, are against any kind of ivory sale.
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